Community Spirit Ignites Canvas Auction to an Impressive Finish

Calgary – The Calgary Stampede is pleased to announce the results from the 2015 GMC Rangeland Derby Canvas Auction. The auction, an annual tradition since 1978, creates important connections between advertisers and drivers, and helps sustain the unique western Canadian heritage sport.

More than 160 organizations came out to bid on the 36 GMC Rangeland Derby Drivers. In total the 36 successful bidders supported the auction with bids totaling $2,782,000.

Tsuu T’ina Nation has once again secured Kurt Bensmiller for the 2015 GMC Rangland Derby. To Tsuu T’ina Nation, being a canvas advertiser at the Stampede is more than just advertising; they have developed a meaningful relationship with Bensmiller and his family. Bensmiller was the 2014 GMC Rangeland Derby Champion.

“In a challenging year, our city showed its resiliency with amazing support of chuckwagon racing and our community,” says Paul Rosenberg, chief operating officer, Calgary Stampede. “Our chuckwagon team worked hard to ensure we had a room full of enthusiastic bidders, and we’re happy to see a good mix of familiar and fresh faces among our successful buyers.”

The final bid of the night went to driver Dave Galloway, who will make his GMC Rangeland Derby debut this year. The rookie collected an impressive $100,000 bid, placing him tied for the fifth highest bid of the evening.

This is the seventh year for Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP and the Calgary Food Bank’s Put the Boots to Hunger campaign. “When we began as a canvas advertiser we wanted to make an impact,” says Grant Zawalsky, Managing Partner, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP. “Our Put the Boots to Hunger partnership with the Food Bank has been extremely successful and the campaign has raised more than $3 million throughout the years.”

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Total Auction Proceeds   $2,782,000   $3,542,500
Average Bid   $77,278   $98,402
Top bid driver   Kurt Bensmiller   Jason Glass
Top bid   $170,000   $170,000

About the Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together, we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and celebrates our western heritage, cultures and community spirit. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.

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The following is from the Canadian Professional Chuckwagon Association:


1 Kurt Bensmiller Tsuu Tin’a Nation
2 Rae Croteau Jr. Tomco
3 Jason Glass The Cowboys Posse
4 Gary Gorst Burnett and Duckworth LLP
5 Wayne Knight Express Employment Professionals
6 Rick Fraser Northwell Oilfield Hauling
7 Jerry Bremner Friends of Jerry Bremner
8 Layne MacGillvray ATB Financial
9 Luke Tournier National Motor Coach
10 Ray Mitsuing West Oilfield Holdings
11 Kirk Sutherland Ghostpine Environmental Services
12 Kelly Sutherland Friends of the King
13 Jordie Fike Shaw GMC Chevrolet Buick
14 Vern Nolin Dentons Canada
15 Kris Molle Visit Lethbridge Dot Com
16 Obrey Motowylo H&E Oilfield Services
17 Roger Moore The Legends
18 Logan Gorst PCL Construction Management
19 Troy Dorchester Carstar
20 Jamie Laboucane Mavericks Chuckwagon Racing Team
21 Mike Vigen Ray and Company
22 Chad Harden Kubota
23 Colt Cosgrave High River Autoplex & RV
24 Layne Bremner SNC Lavalin
25 John Walters The Brakemen Foundation
26 Mark Sutherland R 1 Airlines
27 Doug Irvine B&R Eckels Transport
28 Chanse Vigen Lake Louise Ski Area
29 Shane Nolin Friends of the Mavericks
30 BJ Carey Professional Excavators Limited
31 Codey McCurrach Osteria de Medici
32 Evan Salmond Horsepower Group
33 Mitch Sutherland Daylor Pressure Services
34 Dallas Dyck Thermal Systems KWC Limited
35 Chad Fike Jim Bob Rentals 200 ltd
36 Dave Galloway RBL Transportation

** At the request of some sponsors, the final auction bid per driver will not be displayed

AUCTION TOTAL – $2,782,000.00

AVERAGE BID – $77,278.00